Stephen Johnston isnt one to stir up trouble, but the Louisiana-Texas bass guide wont hesitate to stir up the bottom. In fact, he says a little silt shaking does wonders for attracting Bayou State bass in muddy southern waters.
Look for Stephen Johnston most days from March to November, and youll probably find him mowing the grass. Mind you, hes not running a lawn-care crew; rather, hes fishing the vast vegetation that dominates the southern end of Toledo Bend.
In 1957, during the height of the Cold War, fiction writer Nevil Shute wrote On the Beach, a post-apocalyptic novel set in Australia shortly after World War III has wiped out all life in the northern hemisphere. With global air currents inexorably carrying the deadly fallout of nuclear war to the southern hemisphere, the novels characters set about trying to get in their last bits of enjoyment of normal life before radiation poisoning kills all of them.
I knew it was going to be a good day on the water even before I left home. For one thing, wed fallen into a pattern of persistent, blustery winds that were like Dracula they wouldnt die. Finally, a shift in the weather put a stake through its heart, and there opened a day of opportunity a single day where the weather prognosticators said thered be little or no wind.
It was still dark as guide Kevin Beachs big 33-foot catamaran zipped down Tiger Pass near Venice. Anthony Puglia had pulled his head down into his jacket like a turtle retracting its head into its shell.